Microsoft Edge Adds Password Generator, Drops Support for Flash, FTP

Microsoft has shipped the stable version of the Microsoft Edge 88 browser, featuring a brand new Password Generator and the ability to alert on compromised credentials.   The browser refresh also drops support for the FTP protocol and for the Adobe Flash plugin.


With Microsoft Edge 88.0.705.50 now rolling out, users get a built-in strong password generator that allows them to easily set up new passwords when signing up for new accounts or when changing the old passwords.


A browser-suggested password drop down will be displayed in the password field to help users automatically save the credentials to the browser and have then synced across multiple devices.


Microsoft Edge also alerts users when any of the saved passwords has appeared in a list of leaked credentials, and allows users to edit their saved passwords directly in Microsoft Edge Settings.


“User passwords are checked against a repository of known-breached credentials and sends the user an alert if a match is found. To ensure security and privacy, user passwords are hashed and encrypted when they're checked against the database of leaked credentials,” Microsoft explains.


The updated Edge browser also attempts to automatically upgrade any content that is served over an unencrypted connection when the page is loaded over HTTPS. Images that can’t be retrieved over HTTPS won’t be loaded.


Microsoft Edge 88 also makes management of site permissions easier than before, by allows users to view permissions by site, but also by recent activity. Furthermore, the new browser version allows users to delete third party cookies, with the operation having no impact on first party cookies.


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